The Perfect Snack

If you are anything like me, you would rather graze all day then eat actual meals.

With much effort, I have gotten to the point in which I eat only 1 snack a day and 3 actual meals. This has taken time and I’ve learned a few tricks along the way. One of my favorite ways to trick myself into only eating 1 snack a day is to make sure my snack hits all my taste buds… yes, I’m talking about eating a snack that is sweet, salty, spicy and a bit sour all at once.

I know this sounds disgusting but there is definitely a reason for the madness. I personally feel like when I allow myself to taste everything, I feel more satisfied. Since our taste buds are broken up into categories including sweet, salty, spice and sour, the following recipe does my waist line and my mouth a whole lot of good!

Spice Chickpeas and Pistachios

Spicy C&P

Ingredients:

  • 1 Large can of Chickpeas (32 oz.)
  • 1 Large bag of Pistachios (16 oz.)
  • 3 tsp. of smoked paprika
  • 3 tsp. of red pepper flakes
  • 2 tbsp of parsley flakes
  • 6 tsp. of garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. of salt
  • 3 tsp. of black pepper
  • 6 tbsp. of olive or coconut oil
  • 2 tsp. of lime or lemon juice

Directions:

  1. Rinse and dry off your chickpeas.
  2. Combine all spices with olive oil and set into a medium bowl.
  3. Take off any loose skin from the chickpeas.
  4. Place chickpeas in medium bowl with spices and toss well.
  5. Cover the bowl and place in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  6. Pre-heat to 350*.
  7. Place chickpeas as well as any marinade into a large baking dish and bake for 40 minutes, stirring every 10-15 minutes.
  8. After 40 minutes, remove from the oven and adjust temperature to 450*.
  9. Add Pistachios into the chickpeas and toss thoroughly to make sure the pistachios are well covered in all spices and oils.
  10. Baked for 15 minutes, stirring every 5.
  11. Remove from the over and let cool.
  12. Once cooled, enjoy!

Besides this snack tasting amazing, I love that as I go along, I have to take the pistachios out of their shell. This slows down my snacking a bit which helps me stay conscious of how much I am eating.

I eat only 1/4 Cup of this at a time because it is high in calories… very good and nutrient dense calories, but calories non the less. Be aware of this if you are attempting to lose or keep weight off.

What is your favorite snack to reach for during the day to really satisfy cravings?

Do you find yourself to be more of a “meal eater”, or a “snacker”?

 

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One thought on “The Perfect Snack

  1. I tried roasted chickpeas before and I didn’t like them. I think it was the texture maybe. I might try them again one day 🙂 The flavors in this recipe sound great.

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